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  • Church of St. Peter above Begunje na Gorenjskem
    / Church of St. Peter above Begunje na Gorenjskem
    Photo: Jani Kolman, CC BY-ND, Turizem Radovljica
  • / Hiking from Sankaška koča hut towards St. Peter's church
    Photo: Jošt Gantar, CC BY-ND, Turizem Radovljica
  • / St. Peter's church with Mt. Dobrča in the background
    Photo: Jošt Gantar, CC BY-ND, Turizem Radovljica
  • / The main altar of St. Peter's church above Begunje
    Photo: Peter Kolman, CC BY-ND, Turizem Radovljica
  • / Gothic frescoes on the northern wall of St. Peters church (around 1530, Bartholomew from Škofja Loka)
    Photo: Peter Kolman, CC BY-ND, Turizem Radovljica
  • / St. Peter's church above Begunje in winter time
    Photo: Bojan Kolman, CC BY-ND, Turizem Radovljica
  • / Winter evening at St. Peter's church above Begunje
    Photo: Milan Kambič, CC BY-ND, Turizem Radovljica
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Popular short hike to the ancient  church of St. Peter's above Begunje featuring stunning views of Lake Bled, Radovljica and Julian Alps mountain range. 
moderate
4.9 km
1:48 h
314 m
314 m

St. Peter's church above Begunje (with nearby Sankaška koča hut) counts as one of the best view points of Gorenjska (Upper Carniola) region. Short (though sometimes steep) hike from the village Begunje na Gorenjskem follows the medieval path of pilgrims, leading to a mountain of deep spiritual importance. Proofs of pre-Christian worship were found in the natural cave at the top of the mountain, while first catholic church appears already in the 12th century. Today's gothic church dating back to the beginning of 16th century features fascinating frescoes of Slovenian medieval church painter Bartholomew from Škofja Loka and signatures of medieval pilgrims.

The view from the top spreads from Julian Alps (with Bled basin beneath), Jelovica plateau, Radovljica, Ljubljana basin, Kamnik- Savinja Alps to nearby Karavanke mountain range.

The walk can be extended to Smukuški vrh or Roblekov dom mountain hut (via Poljška Planina). 

Author’s recommendation

- Kindly ask Milan or Milka (sacristans of the church- residing at the Gorjak mountain farm next door) to open the doors of the church for you. 

 

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Updated: December 09, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
881 m
Lowest point
568 m
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Safety information

- After longer periods of rain (especially in autumn or winter) certain parts of the trail in lower sections of the forest can be muddy and slippery. 

 

Tips, hints and links

- The panoramic terrace in front of Sankaška koča mountain lodge is a fabolous place for a refreshing drink or a bowl of warm soup. Open all year round  (Wednesday to Sunday). 

- Fans of Slavko Avsenik might be interested to know that the most popular slovenian musician of all times described St. Peter's hill as "the most beautifull place in the world". 

- Make sure you don't miss the cave behind the church of St. Peter. It's proven to have been a pre-christian site of worship. Many legends and beliefs about describing the healing powers of the cave were preseved until today. Right until a century ago, women from the village were seen sguating above the cave entrance hoping for warm cave air to bring them fertilty. 

Start

Tourist information centre Begunje na Gorenjskem (next to main bus station) (570 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.375148, 14.198563
DMS
46°22'30.5"N 14°11'54.8"E
UTM
33T 438363 5136042
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Destination

Sankaška koča mountain lodge

Turn-by-turn directions

St. Peter's trail starts by the Tourist information centre in the  village Begunje na Gorenjskem, right next to the main bus stop. The village can be reached by public bus from Radovljica, Bled or Tržič - in summer months a local Hop-on Hop-off bus stops there too. For those arriving with therir own transport there are many free parking spaces nearby (in front of pub Jurček, in front of post office).

At the start of the trail you will find an informational panel of Petrova pot (St. Peter's trail) featuringe map of the trail and photograps of main atractions. In summer months you can also obtain a free hiking map (and some local tips)  in the Tourist information centre Begunje (wooden hut by the bus station  with big letter "i" on the roof). 

Each of Begunje theme trails has it's own destinctive colour and symbol. The coulour of St. Peter's trail is grey,  it's symbol is St. Peter's key (unlocking the doors of heaven)

From the cluster of information panels head north-west , passing by the fire brigade station and a small cottage used by local farmers to collect milk. In the junction of two roads you will find a small apple tree with a signpost for St. Peter's trail directing you to the left-handside (right : Lamberg's trail).

Continue walking on a paved road amidst the house for a minute or two, until reaching a second junction next to an old pear tree. Turn right (Sign : "Sv. Peter") on continue on a quiet driveway like road gradually ascending alongside private houses. Before reaching the last house, turn left onto a meadow through a narrow passage between a fence and a row of young spruce trees.

Follow the narrow trail ascending across the meadow and leading towards an orchard and electricity pole on the edge of the forest. Trails now enters a young forest scattered by rocky boulders. Soon the narrow path meets a wider tractor track traversing the mountain side. Simply cross the track and you will find yourself back on the narrow forest trail again. Soon other small path will appear both on your left and on your right. Follow the most beaten trail ascending upwards signposted with St. Peter's key or red circle with red eye (registered trail of Slovenian Alpine Association).

All paths should meet by  stone built shrine next to a rocky boulder. Continue walking upwards on this ancient path of pilgrims until reaching a small chapel on the edge of the forest. From here you can already see the church of St. Peter and Gorjak mountain farm. Walk towards the farm until reaching it's front yard. From there, a staircase made of stone leads you to the walls surrounding the church. Walk round the walls to find another interesting shrine with a natural cave at it's feet. Excellent views of Karavanke mountains and Ljubljana basin  can be enjoyed here on a clear day.

Walk further on the northern side of the church to meet a gravel road ascending from the valley on your right. Join the road leading you further north-west across wide open meadows. Reaching the forest again turn left and continue on the gravel road towards a smaller telecommunication tower. The road gradually ends and continues in a number of zig-zag paths leading toward an alpine hut.

Sankaška koča hut (867 meters above the sea level) is the highest point of the walk and a perfect place to stop for refreshments or to enjoy the view of Julian Alps and Lake Bled (panoramic terrace).

Leaving the hut, take the left hand side gravel road leading south east. In the first junction, turn right and continue walking back towards the church of St. Peter.  Reaching the steeple of St. Peter's church, choose the gravel path descending down across the meadow and a water well. The stony path enters a forest (overgrown scree slope) and gets a bit rugged. The path sometimes resembles to a bob track -  which is not a coincidence since you are walking on an abandoned sledge race track. Reaching a wider gravel road and a parking space (wooden barn on your right hand side), walk straight across the road to reach a single track through a forest. In a minute the path brings you to a cattle pasture with an electric fence (former ski slope with a small chair-lift). Descend alongside a pasture to a colourful wide open wooden shack full of fitness equipment (Trim Krpin). Feel free to exercise there before continuing the descent on one of the trails leading into the forest. You can choose to overcome an obstacle course on the way down, or walk alongside on a normal path. All trails bring you to Krpin recreational centre with a small bar and children's playgrounds. At the foot of a former ski slope you will notice a narrow trail leading across the meadows alongside a small brook (Blatnica).

Follow the grassy path along the stream until finally crossing the stream and reaching a non paved parking area next to a historic building. Walk across the parking space towards an impressive mansion and an avenue of chestnut trees. Reaching the chestnuts and the second bridge continue straight forward on a gravel road. (If you are interested in WWII events you can visit the nearby museum of hostages in the northern wing of the mansion).

The road brings you to a roofed bridge (benches on the side), turn right and continue alongside the orchard towards a larger socialist period apartment house. Reaching the paved road leading alongside a stone build wall you will return back to the fire brigade station and the start of the walk.

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Public transport

Public transport friendly

Alpetour (Arriva) operates hourly public bus service to Begunje from Radovljica, Bled and Krnica.  Few times a day, there is also a direct bus connection from Tržič or Jesenice. 

In summer months a special Hop-on Hop-off bus runs from Bled, Campsite Šobec and Radovljica to Begunje. 

Getting there

Use exits Lesce (3), Radovljica (4) or Brezje (5) from  A2/E 61 motorway and follow the signs for Begunje na Gorenjskem.  Reaching the village pass, the Elan ski factory and Mercator grocery shop. On your left you shall see public parking spaces and Tourist information centre Begunje. 

Parking

Free parking spaces by Jurček pub and infront of post office (except blue area)

Coordinates

DD
46.375148, 14.198563
DMS
46°22'30.5"N 14°11'54.8"E
UTM
33T 438363 5136042
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Equipment

Walking or athletic shoes with good fricton.  Since the climb is quite steep, it a good idea to pack a fresh T-shirt. 

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.9 km
Duration
1:48 h
Ascent
314 m
Descent
314 m
Public transport friendly Scenic Loop Refreshment stops available Family friendly Cultural/historical value

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